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Lockdown and widowhood: Getting to the other side of grief during COVID-19

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One year ago this week, my husband, Stan Cohen, died of COVID-19. Losing a spouse is one of the most upsetting events to befall a human being. Over the course of these 12 months, I have grieved and healed — as would have been the case for any widow, at any moment in time. However, the past year has not been your typical “moment in time.” At my one-year widowhood “anniversary” I am looking back, to evaluate how my experience was shaped by the pandemic. 

To paraphrase one of my synagogue’s rabbis, in this year of so much death, even the rituals of death were disrupted. My journey began in a cold spring rain; six family members stood in a cemetery, each six feet apart, as my husband was laid to rest. Other family members, friends, and colleagues watched on Zoom. 

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